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You are invited to attend the 54th Annual Maize Genetics Conference. The Conference will be held March 15-18, 2012, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel of Portland, Oregon, USA.

The Conference will open with the Thursday evening meal, March 15 and close at noon Sunday, March 18, 2012. Download the Announcement Letter.

Download the 2011 Maize Genetics Conference Abstract Book    Download this year's schedule.

Abstracts are available at MaizeGDB.

View Abstracts    Upload your poster.    View Downloadable Posters.

New! The Doubletree Hotel is fully booked for the dates of the conference (3/7/2012):

Lodging may be available at the following hotels, which are within walking distance of the Doubletree:

Red Lion
1021 NE Grand Avenue Portland, Oregon 97232

Courtyard Marriott
435 NE Wasco Street Portland, Oregon 97232 USA

Inn at the Convention Center
420 NE Holladay Street Portland, Oregon 97232

Quality Inn Downtown Convention Center (formerly La Quinta)
431 N.E. Multnomah Portland, Oregon 97232-2010

Additional lodging possibilities should be available through the TravelPortland website, which also contains information on other attractions in the area: The Doubletree is easily accessible from the LLoyd Center MAX light rail stop, and lodging alternatives near the MAX system may be preferable.

Google Maps Link to lodging

New! Day Meeting Package (DMP) (3/7/2012):

For those lodging elsewhere or attending only a portion of the meeting, a Day Meeting Package is available that includes all meals, snacks, etc but no lodging. The full DMP ($138/day) as well as individual dinner tickets will be available for purchase from hotel staff at the following locations: Thursday 3-6 pm outside the Multnomah Grille, and Friday through Saturday at the front desk and espresso stand.

New! Camera Policy (3/7/2012):

The maize meeting is a forum for presentation and discussion of unpublished material. Photographing or recording of talks and posters is not allowed.

Join researchers in downtown Portland, to:

  • Listen to invited talks in genetics and plant biology given by internationally renowned scientists
  • Learn the most current scientific and technical advances in maize genetics
  • Participate in broad subject area sessions to stimulate new ideas that you can bring back to your lab
  • Network with potential collaborators at meals, poster sessions and evening mixers
  • Submit your latest research in an abstract for inclusion as an oral or poster presentation

Plenary Speakers:

Bill Tracy:
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Plant breeding and the creative power of selection

Venkatesan Sundaresan:
University of California, Davis

Female gametophytes and flowering plant reproduction: Green eggs and no SAM

Jenny Graves:
Australian National University

Weird mammal genomics and sex; the power of evolutionary divergence

Thomas Dresselhaus:
University of Regensburg

Patterning and function of the maize germ lineages

Research Topics:

  • Biochemical and Molecular Genetics
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Computational and Large-Scale Biology
  • Cytogenetics
  • Education & Outreach
  • Quantitative Genetics & Breeding
  • Transposons & Epigenetics

Interested in becoming a sponsor of the Maize Genetics Conference?

Due to space limitations at the Portland conference this year, vendor exhibits will be accepted only if they have a specific relationship to maize. If you are interested in becoming one of our partners to help sponsor the conference, please contact, Mark Cigan ([email protected]).
Important Dates
Conference Date
Start Date 15 Mar 2012
End Date 18 Mar 2012

Deadlines Date
Housing 14 Feb 2012
Registration Site 31 Jan 2012
Financial Aid 31 Jan 2012
Talk Submission Closed
Last-minute poster Closed

News & Information
Mar 12: Update. All talk and poster submissions are closed. A new final electronic abstract book is now available.
Jan 28: Pioneer, a sponsor of the 2012 Maize Genetics Conference, announces that the 2012 ASPB-Pioneer Hi-Bred Graduate Student Fellowship competition is now accepting applications.
Jan 27: MaGNET (Maize Genetics Network Enhancement via Travel) Award submission is now open.

MaizeGDB tutorial

New! MaizeGDB is offering hour long "How to" tutorials immediately before the Maize Meeting at 3:00, 4:00 and 5:00pm on Thursday, March 15, 2012.

Sign up and learn more!

Meeting Organizers
View the full Steering Committee